I and some friends are planning to drive to the region of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany on February 18, 2012. We are also planning to stop-by in Cologne. Since it is carnival season in Germany, I am trying to search when will be the Faschingszug or carnival parade in Cologne. This city is one of the famous ones that celebrates carnival in Germany. Kölner which are referred to the people living in Cologne calls carnival as “Fastelovend” in the local Kölsch dialect.
I found out from Cologne Tourist site that the famous street parade will officially start on February 16, 2012 which will be held in the Alter Markt (Old Market). The official carnival parade which is the highlight of the carnival will take place on Rosenmontag or Rose Monday which will be on February 20, 2012. More than 12,000 “fools” and over 120 bands will take part of the said parade.
I guess we cannot witness the highlight of the program but we will for sure see a lot of people wearing carnival costumes when we will be in Cologne this coming weekend.